Hello! My name is Staci Bu Shea (b. 1988, Miami).

I’m a curator and writer living in Utrecht, The Netherlands. My pronoun.is/they. For holistic death and grief care, visit the website of my practice stacibushea.care.

Broadly, I focus on aesthetic and poetic practices of social reproduction and care work, as well as its manifestations in interpersonal relationships and daily life, community organizing and institutional practice.

My forthcoming book Dying Livingly as part of the Solution Series edited by Ingo Niermann (Sternberg / MIT) will be published in 2024. Part studious, part visceral, Dying Livingly is a collection of short essays in service to an aesthetic and poetic experience of living life led by death, and was written in the first few years of my holistic death-care practice. 

In 2019, I embarked on a study trajectory called Poetics of Living with art historian Rizvana Bradley to explore already existing and emerging non-normative forms of living together in consideration of rapidly changing discourses around sexuality, health, communal life, and death. In many ways, this forms the basis of my life practice and my interest in art and culture.


I’ve taught at Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (Dying Livingly, 2023-2024 and Situated and Dynamic: An Introduction to Curatorial Practice, 2023); Sandberg Institute (Towards Access, co-taught with Pernilla Manjula Philip, 2022-2023); Dutch Art Institute (All about my mother, co-tutored with Sepake Angiama and Nina bell F., 2020); and HKU MAFA, Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design (More than Friends: on belonging, access, and safe(r) spaces, co-tutored with Jeanne van Heeswijk, 2019). I am often an external reviewer here and there for graduation work and theses.  


I’m a contributor to Metropolis M. Find some of my writing published on their website, including Against Ageism but also Against Age: An Interview with Simon(e) van Sarloos (2023), A New Culture of Accessibility (with Mira Thompson, 2021), Learning from Grief (2021), and Care in Times of Care (2020).


From 2017-2022 I worked as a curator at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, an art institution based in Utrecht that focuses on collective art projects and organizational experiments. Together with the team I managed the exhibition program from concept writing and organization to working with artists and designing programs, but was also engaged in other areas of the institution. Noteably I sought to give attention and understanding to what’s kept in Casco’s analog and digital archive. I also worked to make Casco more accessible by implementing accommodations and fostering a culture of accessibility, testing what’s possible for a social, aesthetic experience of care while learning from and working with disability communities.

In the past, I co-curated Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies (2017) at Leslie Lohman Museum of Art (NY) with Carmel Curtis, which New York Times art critic Holland Cotter named one of the best exhibitions of that year. I graduated from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College with the group exhibition Emphasis Repeats (Andrea Geyer, Barbara Hammer, Alex Martinis Roe, and Tourmaline, 2016) at Hessel Museum of Art (NY). From 2011-2014 I worked as a studio manager and assistant to artist Jim Draper in Jacksonville, Florida.


Current work

Summer Grief series, Metropolis M, 2024 (editorial):
00 Introduction by Staci Bu Shea
01 Lin by Chus Martínez
02 Ruben by Yessica van den Berg
03 Rami by Dina Mimi
04 Carla by Katja Mater

The Sphinx’s Riddle, with Manifold Books, 2024 (curated program):
28/01: to attend to
09/03: to dedicate to with Katja Mater
01/06: to attest to with Dagmar Bosma
05/10: Philipp Gufler
23/11: Natalia Papaeva

Visitor Report on Constantina Zavitzanos’ Entrophy with Angelo Custódio and Pedro Matias, S*an D. Henry-Smith and Geo Wyex, If I Can’t Dance, 2024 (text)

Cultivating esthesia, (Listen to the lecture on Cranberry Juice Podcast) for Written in the Body symposium, with Jewellery-Linking Bodies Department Gerrit Rietveld Academie in collaboration with VU/MC hospital in Amsterdam, 2024 (lecture)

Selected past work

Dying Livingly with AHK Culture Club, 2023 (lecture)

Is it even possible to arrive alone?, with Maike Statz and Hordaland Kunstsenter team, 2023 (workshop)

Dying Livingly with The Diary as Mourning Genre, 2023 (writing workshop)

Sweet, sweet fantasy, with Mira Thompson, 2023 (performance, text)

Never Seen, with Naima Abdullahi and Nimco Hersi, 2023 (commissioned film)

Dying Livingly with Adelita Husni-Bey, Valerio, Nathalie, Malin, Margareta, Valentina, and Sara, 2022 (lecture)

CV of Care, for Curriculum Veto / CV van Toewijding, Dutch translation by Flora Valeska for nY50, 2022 (text)

Commoning Accessibility, with design by Lotte Lara Schröder, 2022 (text)

The Grand Finale, with Mira Thompson, 2021 (text)

Barn’s burnt down–now I can see the moon, with CA Conrad, Camisha L. Jones, Ching-In Chen, 2021 (curated program)

Access Intimacy with Mia Mingus, 2021 (curated program)

Dying Livingly with Barbara Hammer, 2021 (lecture)

Het is of de stenen spreken (silence is a commons), with Babi Badalov, Ansuya Blom, Ama Josephine Budge, Mire Lee, and the Casco team, 2019 (exhibition)

Two Rubatos with Terre Thaemlitz, 2019 (exhibition)

Heroic in its ordinariness, with Elizabeth Atterbury, Beverly Buchanan, Taraneh Fazeli, Feminist Health Care Research Group, Carolyn Lazard, Redeem Pettaway, Falke Pisano, and Sasha Wortzel, 2019 (exhibition)

Army of Love, with Ingo Niermann, Dora García and more, 2017 (project exhibition)

Age lines, Kerry Downey, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Ilyana Ritchie, Mia You, and more, 2016 (exhibition)


Poetry bulletin

Matsuo Basho - 1644-1694 

The cry of the cicada
Gives us no sign
That presently it will die.

—Translation by William George Aston

[aerial view of brown knapweed in the dry autumn grass, three spikey purple blooms in a tuff of deep green shrub.] 

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